Alite Monarch Chair -

Two-Legged Camp Chair

This Chair Rocks

Your old camp chair will be running scared once it meets the Monarch Butterfly by Alite Designs.

This funky take-anywhere chair was created by San Francisco’s Alite Designs, a firm that puts the fun in function by bringing smart designs and cool aesthetics to the outdoor gear market. Their creative director, Tae Kim, grew up in Alaska (hence the love of all things outside), worked at Ford as a car designer (hence the form and function), then moved to the Bay Area to get a master’s degree in product design at Stanford
(hence the design brainpower). Tae’s mission is to bring more people together—outside.

Made of super-strong but super-lightweight aluminum and a nylon fabric sling, the Monarch chair weighs only 18 oz. and can hold up to 250 pounds. It has just two legs, but it’s not unstable. With your feet on the ground, you can slide into a comfortable position and rock back and forth effortlessly. When you’re ready to go, the collapsible chair packs into a stuff sack (no bigger than a giant burrito) that’s easily attachable to backpacks, bags and bikes. — Patti Purcell

(on the left) enjoyed the Monarch at Daily Grommet’s recent company outing.

Whether it’s waiting for the 5:09, playing the harmonica by moonlight, cheering your favorite slugger to victory, or rocking on the shoreline, you can rest easy, indoors or out, in your Monarch.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Melissa

    My name is Melissa, one of the team at Alite Designs. We are thrilled to be featured at Daily Grommet this weekend. We hope your weekend plans include pitching a tent, hiking a trail, getting sand between your toes or taking in an outdoor concert. We also hope you aren’t planning to pack a chair that’s bulky, heavy, uncomfortable, or just plain stodgy! If so, grab a Monarch chair now for your next adventure. You’ll thank me. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Liz
    6/25/2010 12:20 PM

    would be helpful to be able to see the price on the first page. had to click "add to cart" to find out it was out of our price range. great idea and design but too $steep for us.

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    6/25/2010 12:32 PM

    @ Liz -We agree and apologies for requiring you to click through to figure out the price. Long story short ... our prices are usually visible in the "drop down" menu but if there is only one item being offered the option drop down doesn't display. There's a work around though and I will address it.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/25/2010 12:41 PM

    @Liz - thanks for catching that, we have it corrected now.

    The Alite Monarch chair was brought to a recent outing of the Daily Grommet team. Jesse, the one who is usually behind the camera, was hamming it up and we snapped this fun picture of him!

  • claudia
    6/25/2010 12:54 PM

    Love this ingenious and interactive design!

  • Patti
    6/25/2010 2:05 PM

    Although I have many favorite Grommets this one ranks up near the top - the Monarch chair scores high on design and utility.

  • M
    6/25/2010 4:05 PM

    It looks so cool and just what I am looking for! I like that it looks like it is stable on uneven ground. But, it looks low to the ground. Is it hard for older people or those with bad knees to get in and out of?


  • Patti
    6/25/2010 4:43 PM


    I have bad knees and did just fine getting in and out of the chair. I can imagine, however, that it would be difficult for someone with balance or stability issues (I'm avoiding "age" here because I don't want to generalize).

  • George
    6/25/2010 7:16 PM

    A very good presentation and I enjoyed the video. If I were younger, I would be a buyer, for sure!

  • Tom Byrne
    Tom Byrne
    6/25/2010 11:38 PM

    Does it come in an extra-large size? I am 6'7".

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/26/2010 12:01 AM

    @Tom - it only comes in this one size. It doesn't have a height guideline but it does have a weight limit of 250 lbs.

  • Pam
    7/3/2010 12:00 AM

    Nice video, but I can't imagine how you get out of it. Can that be added to the video? I just see myself falling flat on my face trying to get out.

  • Patti
    Patti – Grommet Team
    7/3/2010 9:36 AM

    @Pam, I knew that I wouldn't have much trouble getting in to the chair - it's basically just about good aim...I was more concerned about getting out but found that it was pretty easy. I simply rocked forward and stood up. I'm sure you might have to measure the speed at which you move yourself forward - but all in all it was not that difficult.

  • Kathryn
    7/19/2010 9:01 PM

    Is this chair o.k. for those that have mild-to-moderate lower back pain issues?

  • Patti
    Patti – Grommet Team
    7/20/2010 4:32 PM

    @Kathryn, I confessed in an earlier post that I have bad knees...I guess I must now also confess that I have lower back issues as well (jet skiing accident when I was much younger). Ok, why don't I just admit that when I was younger I was a bit of a dare devil and as I've grown older I've now come to realize the toll some of those decisions have taken on my body. That said, I can share that I sat in the Monarch Chair for at least an hour without pain - no residual pain when I stood up. Can't say that about my chair in the office...

  • Doreen
    7/22/2010 11:15 AM

    What is the weight capacity for this item?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/22/2010 11:25 AM

    @Doreen - the weight capacity is 250 lbs.

  • Judy
    1/1/2011 2:15 AM

    This was my 17-year-old son's favorite gift this Christmas. The chair is light and folds up into a tiny bag (just a little bigger than a jumbo burrito), is easy to assemble, and it seems like quality construction. I bought it for use as a beach chair (it could easily tuck into a backpack or sailing bag), but so far he has been using it in his room while he works on his laptop computer. It's a win!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/1/2011 12:37 PM

    @Judy: Wonderful, 17 can be a hard age to find a gift that they are going to love. Thank you for letting us know it was a hit!

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